My wife and I had been making due with a mattress we didn’t really like for several years. We tried a memory foam mattress topper which vastly improved things but after several years our mattress was giving us back pain even with the memory foam mattress topper. Since we liked our mattress topper so much, we decided it was time to go with a full memory foam mattress, even if it was pretty expense.
When we went to shop for a mattress though we were shocked. While a name brand memory foam mattress might be pretty expensive, lesser known brands are dirt cheap. Our mattress only cost us about $200. Here is what we thought of our mattress, and what to look for when shopping for your own.
The decision process
There are a couple of things you want to watch out for when looking for a memory foam mattress. The big knock on memory foam mattresses is that they can get warm when you sleep in them. I can’t sleep if I am too warm, so that just wasn’t going to work. Many memory foam mattresses are not 100% memory foam, but have other materials mixed in with them (often referred to as “gel”) to help keep them cool.
The other thing I was told to watch out for is chemicals. All kinds of chemicals with unknown health effects could be put into foam, especially if you are like me and are buying from an unknown brand name. Luckily there is an organization called CertiPur that certifies there are no dangerous chemicals in the foam, so you will want to watch for that.
With those 2 things in mind, my wife and I choose the LUCID 10 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress (AL- please see disclosure below) because it had gel in it to keep it cool, was CertiPur certified, was just a little over $200 for a queen sized mattress, and because it had over 2,500 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of over 4 stars. This wasn’t the only choice though, there are lots of other memory foam mattresses (AL).
Unboxing the memory foam mattress
I don’t own a car large enough to carry a queen sized mattress around in, so having Amazon deliver the mattress to my front door for free was a great bonus for me. The mattress was delivered in a large box (but much less large than a mattress) and weighed about 50 pounds. I drug the box to my bedroom and opened it up. The mattress was tightly rolled up and wrapped.
I carefully cut off the wrapping and the mattress poofed out nearly instantly expanding until it was flat and almost the size of a full queen sized mattress. A couple hours later it had expanded further and reached it’s full size of 10 inches thick. The instructions said to wait 48 hours to let it expand fully, but I didn’t find that to be necessary. After a couple hours it had expanded all it was going to.
Trying it out
As soon as we laid down on it we knew we liked it. We were shocked at how firm it was but found it comfortable. After the first night our backs didn’t hurt like they did after sleeping on our old mattress, and after a few weeks my back hasn’t hurt since.
After a few nights my wife decided the mattress was too firm for her tastes so we put our old memory foam mattress topper on it to soften things up a bit. That did the trick, and now we think the mattress is perfect.
To be fair, many of the reviews on Amazon did warn about just how firm this mattress was so we shouldn’t have been surprised. If you a firm mattress isn’t what you are looking for Amazon (AL) has lots of other models to choose from
Links with (AL) behind them are affiliate links. I was not paid to write this article by LUCID, Amazon, or anyone else. I did not receive a free mattress or any other discounted product. I paid full retail price for the mattress.